Over the previous week, workers at two electrical crematoria within the metropolis — Thathaneri and Moolakarai — have been overburdened, attending to an growing variety of COVID-19 deaths.
While crematoria have been witnessing lengthy queues as a consequence of a rise in COVID-19 deaths, the State’s well being bulletin doesn’t mirror the surge in Madurai.
According to City Health Officer P. Kumaraguruparan, the our bodies of COVID-19 sufferers or these suspected to have had the an infection are cremated on the electrical crematoria at Thathaneri and Moolakarai. People are allowed to take the our bodies of COVID-19 sufferers to their villages for cremation solely after acquiring a ‘no-objection certificate’ from the respective well being inspectors, he mentioned.
Sources on the Thathaneri crematorium mentioned there was just one purposeful gasifier there. The second gasifier, repaired lately, can be commissioned after a trial run in a number of days, a Corporation supply mentioned.
Currently, on common, 25 our bodies of COVID-19 sufferers are attended to on the Thathaneri crematorium day-after-day, when in comparison with final week, when 17 our bodies have been cremated. “Around 40% of the bodies are of residents of Madurai and the rest are from other districts,” a supply mentioned.
Similarly, there was a rise within the variety of our bodies attended to at Moolakarai. According to a supply, round 10 our bodies of COVID-19 sufferers are attended to day-after-day.
But there’s a mismatch between the our bodies cremated at these crematoria and the deaths recorded within the well being bulletin.
Dr. Kumaraguruparan mentioned sufferers from neighbouring districts like Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar have been coming to the Government Rajaji Hospital and main non-public hospitals in Madurai for COVID-19 remedy. “To handle the additional number of bodies, it has been instructed that both crematoria should function round the clock,” he mentioned.
When requested if COVID-19 deaths have been under-reported within the bulletin, he mentioned RT-PCR assessments are being carried out on all present process surgical procedure or different procedures at hospitals. “While they may test positive for COVID-19, the cause of death might be other reasons. In such cases, the bodies are cremated following COVID-19 protocol, but such deaths might not figure as COVID-19 deaths in the bulletin,” he added.